Anaerobic phenol oxidation by Geobacter metallireducens using various electron acceptors

Munruk Tuntoolavest, William D. Burgos

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The oxidation of phenol by the dissimilatory metal-reducing bacterium Geobacter metallireducens was studied with various terminal electron acceptors (TEAs) including: nitrate, ferric citrate, hematite (α-Fe 2O3), pyrolusite (β-MnO2), and birnessite (δ-MnO1.8). G. metallireducens (2 × 108 cells mL-1) oxidized phenol (0.10 mM) as the sole electron donor with ferric citrate (25 mM) as the TEA in less than 3 days, but required over 30 days with nitrate (3 mM). Only 0.03 mM phenol was oxidized with hematite (2 g L -1) as the TEA after 45 days. The electron shuttling compound anthraquinone-2,6-disulfonate (AQDS; 25 μM) was added to hematite suspensions and slightly increased the 45-day extent of phenol oxidation. No phenol was oxidized with pyrolusite (2 g L-1). Abiotic oxidation of phenol by birnessite (2 g L-1) required testing at a lower concentration (0.2 g L-1). Phenol was completely oxidized with birnessite as the TEA after 30 days, while ca. 15% of the phenol was oxidized in corresponding abiotic controls.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)421-426
Number of pages6
JournalEnvironmental Engineering Science
Issue number4
StatePublished - 2005

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Environmental Chemistry
  • Waste Management and Disposal
  • Pollution


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